Tunnel frå kong Davids tid?

Den israelske arkeologen Eilat Mazer har presentert eit nytt og interessant arkeologisk funn frå Jerusalem: ein tunnel som ho meiner kan vera frå kong Davids tid.

Ho viser til bibeltekstar (2. Sam 5 og 1. Krøn 11) som omtalar den såkalla vassberarsjakta i historia om Davids erobring av Jerusalem. Det har tidlegare vore vanleg å knyta desse tekstane til Warrens sjakt (her), som for øvrig er i den same delen av byen.

Her er eit utdrag frå den ferske meldinga om funnet:

A tunnel built thousands of years ago – and which may even have been used during King David’s conquest of Jerusalem – has been uncovered in the ancient City of David, just outside the Old City and across the street from the Dung Gate.

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The archaeologist said there is a high probability that the tunnel is the one referred to as the “tsinor” in the Biblical story of King David’s conquest of Jerusalem (Samuel II, 5:6-8; Chronicles I, 11:4-6).

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The opening to the 3,000-year-old tunnel was found earlier this year during the ongoing excavations at the site. The tunnel itself is located under a mammoth stone building that was previously identified as King David’s palace, built some time during the 10th century B.C.E., according to the Gregorian calendar.

Barely wide enough to allow a single person through, the walls of the passage were apparently created partly by carving rough stones, partly by making use of the existing bedrock. Only the first 50 meters are accessible at present, since the tunnel is filled with fallen rocks and debris, said Mazer.

Whole, undamaged oil lamps that were characteristic of the First Temple period were found on the floor of the tunnel during the dig. (Les meir)

Oppdatering: Les om saka i Jerusalem Post

Oppdatering 04.11.08: Det har blitt skrive mykje om dette funnet dei siste dagane. Her er eit par danske bidrag: Søren Holst kommenterer på PergaMent og Kristeligt Dagblad har ein omtale av funnet.

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